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St. Paul man sues state for medical aid in gender change surgery


It took St. Paul resident Evan Thomas decades to realize that his birth gender was incongruous with the gender he identified with.

So two years ago, he began counseling and, last year, hormone therapy, to transition into a man. Thomas even legally changed his name, but then he hit a roadblock — a Minnesota law forbids state medical assistance programs from paying for the double mastectomy surgery he feels will complete his transition.

“It just feels like having a door slammed in my face,” Thomas said Thursday.


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